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Bethel College shares its story with a number of audiences through the work of the Office of Institutional Communications. They promote Bethel, its people, programs and achievements through:

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Bethel College News

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Enrollment rises despite pandemic

September 17th, 2020

Bethel’s incoming student numbers stayed up and total enrollment increased, a heartening trend following the unexpected end to the 2019-20 school year. After the 20th day of classes, when semester numbers become official, there are 151 first-time freshmen (compared to last year’s 155), the second-largest class in the past 32 years, along with 30… Read More

Student-athletes working on Service Day 2019

Bethel earns Champions of Character gold with perfect score

September 16th, 2020

For the third straight year, Bethel has received the NAIA Champions of Character® Five-Star Gold Award. This time, the Threshers had a perfect score of 100 points. Bethel was one of 113 institutions across the NAIA to earn gold status, out of 181 that earned either gold, silver or bronze. The NAIA announces the awards in the fall for the… Read More

Move-in, fall 2019

Bethel sees enrollment increase for second straight year

September 15th, 2020

As colleges everywhere had a “different start” to the fall 2020 semester, one thing remained the same for Bethel – an enrollment increase. As of the first day of classes, the enrollment stood at 475, compared to 466 a year ago, an increase of 2% (unofficial census). “This year’s increased enrollment is a product of a strong class of new students… Read More

Ad Building and pole sign, August 2020

Bethel takes high positions in national rankings

September 14th, 2020

Bethel stayed in the Top 15, the highest at #14 of any Kansas college or university, in the Washington Monthly annual list “Best Bachelor’s Colleges.”   Washington Monthly rankings measure four-year institutions based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service. “[The] new rankings are… Read More

A view of the entry to "Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations" at Kauffman Museum

Museum brings back exhibit on race, stereotypes

September 8th, 2020

COVID-19 has brought home one of Kauffman Museum’s exhibits on a topic that couldn’t be more timely. “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations” opened as the museum’s special exhibit Aug. 28 and will remain through Nov. 29. Thanks to the work of museum exhibition assistant Rebecca Schrag, viewers can… Read More

Selma film poster

Film series to open virtually, look at voting struggle

September 8th, 2020

KIPCOR will launch its 2020-21 film series online Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m., with a film documenting Black Americans' fight for voting rights. Taking a page from the playbook of many organizations, KIPCOR (the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College) will screen the film via Zoom. Registration is required in order… Read More

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.